Tasco Binoculars 7x35mm Review (Zip Focus & Extra-Wide Field of View)

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Tasco Essentials 7x35 Zip BinocularMagnification: 7X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 35 mm
Close Focus Distance: not listed
Dimensions: not listed
Weight: 22.4 ounces
Field of View: 500 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: not listed/5 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Zip
Waterproof/Fog-proof: No/No
Eye cups: Fold down
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation, Event Observation, Sight Seeing

Our Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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Tasco Essentials 7X35 Zip Review

This Tasco Essentials 7X35 binocular has Zip Focus technology, an extremely wide field of view, and has fully coated lenses.

It’s also tripod adaptable and has the porro prism design with BAK4 glass prisms for excellent optical performance.

For the large number of reviews online, it’s got a great rating. This is a good size fan base rooting for this Tasco low budget binocular. You never know – for under $20 you might just become one of them.

As part of the porro prism line of binoculars, this Essentials model won my attention because of its excellent wide field of view.

And for less than $20, it seems to be the perfect all-purpose binocular, for the avid hunter or the observant bird watcher.

I know you’re probably frothing at the mouth wondering what the field of view is and what this Zip Focus technology is as well. So, to prevent any further drooling embarrassment, let’s dive into the Q&A.

  • Price
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Extremely large field of view
  • Fast focus system
  • Low light use

  • Not weatherproof


Essentials 7X35 Binocular Q&A:

What is Zip Focus?

Every binocular operates under a focusing system that determines its unique way of coming into focus. Most conventional binoculars have the center focus system.

Well, this porro prism Essentials 7X35 mm binocular has the zip focus system which is unique to Tasco but an invention of Bushnell’s.

The center focusing wheel is located in the center of the open bridge design. The idea is that you can move it with less pivots to get a faster focus of the entire field of view.

This zip focusing system is faster than a center focus system and you might only see it on a really expensive sets of binoculars.

Although this is an excellent feature to see on a low budget binocular, you’ll have to be aware that it might wear out faster than a center focus system on an equivalent quality binocular.


What is the field of view of the Essentials Zip binocular?

This binocular has an impressive 500 feet field of view. I haven’t seen this wide of a FOV on a binocular in this price range before.

Another one of Tasco’s wide FOV binoculars includes the opera glasses, the roof prism 4X30.

It’s listed as a porro prism bino on their website, but you’ll see it’s clearly not a porro.

Either way, if you’re going to be doing some extreme close range hunting, you could probably get away with the $12 opera glasses, otherwise the 7X35 is all yours.

On a porro prism binocular, you’re also going to get some nice 3D effects going on. With a field of view this wide, you could spend hours glassing the hot spot for your next hunt.

Nothing will sneak past you when you have this pair of eyes on.


What is the exit pupil?

With a little math, the objective lens size (35) divided by the magnification (7), you’ll see that you have a pretty good size exit pupil (5mm) for a binocular for low light hunting.

While it’s going to provide you with more light than you can use during bright conditions, the 5 mm is going to help you put faces to those creeping shadows once legal hour approaches.

Another one of Tasco’s low light hunting binoculars is the 10X50 model of this series. It has the 5 mm exit pupil, 50 mm objective lens, and nice field of view of 367 feet.

And, the best part about it is, you’ll barely spend $10 more for the additional magnification and the larger objective lens upgrade. That’s going to appeal to the longer range hunter too.


Is this Essentials binocular covered by a warranty?

Yes. The nice thing about Tasco is, there’s no side-stepping with them where “x” binocular is covered by “x” warranty and “that” binocular is covered by “this” warranty.

All of Tasco’s binoculars are covered by their signature Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The catch about getting the warranty fulfilled actually lies in the date your Tasco was manufactured.

Because of the hard economic times it went through prior to being purchased by Bushnell, binoculars made before 9/1/2002 need to be sent to ABO, USA.

If yours was made after this date, you can simply contact Bushnell for a complete set of instructions on what to do next if you need a repair or a replacement.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Zip Focus system for half-turns for fast focusing of wide field of views
  • Extremely wide field of view of 500 feet
  • Tripod adaptable for long range viewing and steady handling
  • BAK4 prism glass for excellent image quality
  • Fully-coated lenses for bright and clear images
  • Same model available in 10X50
  • Durable fully armored aluminum body for protection in rugged terrain and for secure gripping
  • Backed by Tasco’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee


Our Verdict On The Tasco Zip Binoculars

To glass it up, the Tasco Essentials 7X35 binoculars will impress you more than you’ll initially give it credit for. One of the best things about it is that it’s tripod adaptable. With a lower power range than what you’d typically see for a tripod adaptable binocular, it’s a nice touch.

If you don’t need that much reach, but you like the larger size objectives, check out the Tasco Essentials 4X30. On the opposite end, you can see what the Tasco Essentials 8X21 binocular has in store for you. Both alternatives are budget-friendly buys!

If you’d rather have the ability to play around with the power range, opt for the Barska Gladiator 7-21X40 that’s still under 100 bucks. It’s the perfect solution for an indecisive hunter.

The best thing about Tasco are their low-priced optics. Sometimes, it’s difficult to differentiate one optic from another when prices are this low. But, Tasco can be set apart from the rest. They’ve got quality in mind for the recreational hunter who needs a boost in the field without spending more than they have to.

TASCO Essentials 7x35 Zip Binocular (Black)
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TASCO Essentials 7x35 Zip Binocular (Black)
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Versatile, all-purpose binoculars feature an impressive 500 ft. field-of-view



Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.

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